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Regular Sleep Times Promote Health 

A report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests that 35 percent of U.S. adults don’t get adequate sleep. Dr. W. Chris Winter, of the Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine clinic, recommends we pick a wake-up time that works for every day and stick with it, regardless of bedtime; it pays off by eventually training the brain to fall asleep at the same time every night. Swedish scientists found that sleep loss reduces the presence of hormones that promote feelings of fullness in the stomach and increases the amounts of those that promote hunger, leading to obesity. 

 

Meditation over Morphine? 

Earlier this year, a study conducted by Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent. Morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically show a pain reduction of 25 percent. Meditation works by reducing activity in the somatosensory cortex and increasing activity in other areas of the brain.  

 

Cut your own Christmas tree! 

Steele Christmas Tree Farm has been a family-run business in Washington Parish for 38 years. With over 1000 Christmas trees ranging in height from 5-12’ tall, you are bound to find your perfect family tree.  They have a cute little gift shop, fun activities for the kiddos, and leashed pets are welcome.  Take the family and make a day of it!  www.steeleschristmastreefarm.com. 

 

Cinnamon may help balance blood sugar levels   In one study, just 1 teaspoon a day for 40 days cut cholesterol by about 18% and blood sugar levels by 24%. 

 

Holiday spending is expected to exceed $1 Trillion this year.  This holiday season, shop small and stay local!  www.staylocal.org. 

 

“Be optimistic, it feels better.” –Dalai Lama